How the pandemic affects supply chain automation

 

Globality and the scale of the coronavirus have already left their mark on the supply chain. According to the forecasts of, among others, ABI Research, global revenues from production, which this year were supposed to reach 15 trillion dollars, will in no way even come close to the expected level.

Automation or digitization not only reduces the number of employees, but in many places its introduction is directly related to increasing their efficiency. Work systems in logistics companies are constantly evolving. Robotics is the undisputed innovation stimulator that accelerates digital transformation. Its effect is the evolution of employee productivity and the commonly known time savings in the area of ​​their involvement in inefficient activities.

Growing expectations

Consumer demands have made digitization a necessity. The needs and expectations are constantly growing, because recipients expect transparency or 24/7 access to information on potential shifts in delivery dates. Automation facilitates the implementation of innovative business models in which supply chains fit as a key source of end customer satisfaction. 

The process of supply chain automation itself cannot be carried out in isolation from other leading departments of the company, such as sales, IT or human resources. Change management requires the involvement of all departments, goals must be clearly defined, and service cost optimization should not be a priority in itself.

Accelerating Processes

The Coronavirus Pandemic on many logistics companies it has forced the acceleration of processes that are to allow even more effective services, but also to prepare for what until recently seemed to be a complete abstraction. In the event of the next “wave”, which is not excluded, enterprises will rely on the experience gained and actions that have brought positive effects during the crisis.

The virus itself will have consequences for producers on many levels. It is enough to mention securing supplies or a cross-sectional analysis of your own business. The new reality requires innovative solutions. One of them is accelerated automation, which aims to diversify your business. Of course, not every entity can afford it, but the continuous development of the e-commerce sector requires bold decisions not only in the area of ​​digitization. Manufacturers also strive to minimize the risk associated with the supply chain. More and more often they source components from one supplier, but less and less from the same place. The greater the range of potential options, the greater the chance of dealing with a crisis, opening up to new opportunities and controlling the chain itself.

 

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